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Hand Plane Restoration #2: Stanley 9 1/2 Block Plane

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Blog entry by David posted 2614 days ago 6580 reads 4 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Stanley Block Plane Restoration

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A couple of days ago I spent some time rehabbing an old block plane that used to sit on the bottom of my steel carpenters box or in my nail bags depending on what I was working on at the time. I was motivated and inspired by fellow LumerJocks Wayne and Matt to pull this plane out and put it to use in the shop. I do not have photos before starting my rehab – maybe a Freudian slip as I would be embarassed to let you guys see how bad this plane looked and my clear disrespect for a valuable tool.

I have read Waynes series Hand Plan Restoration and Hand Plane Reference several times. I keep a series of notes from these blogs on my PDA as a portable reference, hoping that I will stumble upon some keepers when we travel or vistit antique malls.

Matt has a great series on his PodCast at Matt's Basement Workshop.

Thanks for the motivation! I will say I could have used some help with the lapping process – sounds easier when reading about it or listening to Matt while he does the work in his basement!

My Staney 9 1/2 Block Plane
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The sole – newly cleaned and lapped
(I know the mouth opening is too wide . . . forgot to adjust before taking photos!)
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-- http://foldingrule.blogspot.com



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WayneC

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#1 posted 2614 days ago

It looks great David. I’m sure you will get lots of good use out of it.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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mot

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#2 posted 2614 days ago

Nice! I’ve always wanted to rehab a plane, but I have to sleep sometime! Nice job!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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David

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#3 posted 2614 days ago

But you are a superhero – no sleep needed!

-- http://foldingrule.blogspot.com

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WayneC

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#4 posted 2614 days ago

Don’t let us down mot. : ^ )

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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WayneC

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#5 posted 2503 days ago

Hmmm. The photos on this post do not seem to be working any more.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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David

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#6 posted 2503 days ago

Wanye -

Sleuthing around old posts I see . . . LOL

All my photo links got messed up when I upgraded to iLife 08 – not sure what happened. I wonder if somehow the hierarchy at Apple’s .Mac accounts changed. Either way I am working on correcting links – going to take me a bit to find photos from my archives and repsost and relink. Lots of fun!

David

-- http://foldingrule.blogspot.com

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MsDebbieP

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#7 posted 2499 days ago

is iLife 08 better than 07?

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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David

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#8 posted 2499 days ago

Hi Ms Debbie!

Well I think you must be very intuitive! I have upgraded to iLife08 – the jury is out for me still. I am the quintessential OBG (old bald guy) so I have a lot of inertia and tend to “like things the way they are”. iLife08 has some significiant “complete redesign” changes. Most likey they are for the good. Two changes I am struggling with right off the bat are a change in iWeb which made all my photo links in LJ invalid. I am in the process of reposting ALL the photos in my LJ bog – not a lot of fun I can asure you! I also don’t like the chainge in iMovie – just a complete change in the user interface. My problem is that I am having to change the process I use to make movies – just different so I will have to use it and make fair assessment in the future. I make a lot of video content and this has slowed me down a bit. I just got thru reworking all of my LJ content in iMovie / iLife08 to post on my website as a podcast – something I am experimenting with for my shop. You will appreciate this, I am going to celebrate my 20th episode my interviewing my son as he is the newest woodworker in our family!

Cheers!

David

-- http://foldingrule.blogspot.com

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MsDebbieP

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#9 posted 2499 days ago

I’ll have to ask you in about a month’s time to see if you prefer the new stuff.. That’s too bad that you have to redo the images etc…. weird.

It’s celebration time!!!! What a special interview. How proud you must be :)

the site looks awesome!!
well done.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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David

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#10 posted 2499 days ago

Debbie -

Thanks! The podcast is a lot of fun. I will let you know how things go with iLife08.

David

-- http://foldingrule.blogspot.com

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Dadoo

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#11 posted 2499 days ago

My son and I were cleaning out an old barn that the previous tenants had used for a dumpster, (cuz they’re pigs) and I found an old rusty Sargent VBM 714 jack plane. It was in very rough shape and rusted pretty bad thruout. Well the owner let me keep it and I’ve got it to be functional again. But after perusung this website and seeing what you guys have done, I think I’ll restore it completely and display it on my shop shelf. Pics to follow someday. Thanx for the inspire!

Now check this out! I just Googled Sargent Vbm 714 and the first hit was for a dealer of antique tools. This plane is circa 1920 (that sounds right) and sells for $330.00! Think now I’ll display it under lock and key!

-- Bob Vila would be so proud of you!

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David

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#12 posted 2498 days ago

Dadoo -

Sounds great! You should contact my hand plane guru – Wayne for some tips!

-- http://foldingrule.blogspot.com

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